Monday, July 12, 2010

Poetry Speaks to Children

Found a new gem at the library recently:

 Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (Read & Hear)ed. by Elise Pschen, illustrated by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen and Paula Zinngrabe Wendland, Sourcebooks, Inc., 2005Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (Read & Hear)

This is part of the Poetry Speaks series, and it’s a really enjoyable collection of poetry. There are classics included, but also a lot of work by contemporary poets, making for a delicious mix of styles. The highlight for me, though, is the CD of poets reading (mostly) their own works. I know how I hear things when I read them, but getting to hear how the poet hears the same thing—I don’t know, that just really appeals to the musician in me. Somehow it brings everything to life. This stuff is for performing and sharing, and then for thinking about and sharing some more. (If you think poetry is boring, I would say you just haven't found the right poetry yet--dig in!)

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